The repertory of a Victorian provincial brass band

Herbert, Trevor (1990). The repertory of a Victorian provincial brass band. Popular Music, 9(1) pp. 117–132.



Considerable time and print has been expended in attempting to define and date the first British brass band. This controversy should take a subordinate place to the more interesting questions that can be applied to the topic of brass bands when, unambiguously, they do exist as a fairly widespread activity and can reasonably be regarded as the active embryo of the standard ensembles which eventually formed the brass band ‘movement’.

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